Back in 2008, whilst working full time as cabin crew, I undertook one of the most demanding challenges of my life. For the next six year, I was to be a part time student whilst trying to travel the world. Exhausting, isolating and strenuous, it took an awful lot of discipline for me to work through my degree. Although the degree was part time over six years, I overlapped many of the courses enabling me to complete my degree in just 40 months. No breaks, no holidays, just consistent hard work. From working so hard to do this, alongside the support from my tutors at the Open University, I am no proud to say that I am Open University Alumni, with a Bsc Hons in Criminology and Psychology. I also have a minor study in Youth Justice, a diploma in Social Policy and Criminology and a certificate in Social Science, with a shed load of letters after my name. It’s amazing what you can do when you put your heart into something.
I am one of those people who likes education and I like to further myself. Whether it’s from a degree or even with my blog, I thrive off organisation and deadlines. I like to feel some pressure as it means that I feel like I’m doing something with my life. After finishing University, I felt like I missed the pressure, and the deadline and most of all, the writing. Writing really is one of my heartfelt passions and whether it be writing lists, or writing a blog post on Lipstick, I love to express myself through the power of word. Through my blog, I’ve been exceptionally lucky to be able to experience opportunities that I probably wouldn’t have had chance to normally. One of these experiences has made me into a student again.
The NCC Home Learning site is similar in principle to the Open University. Distance learning, support of a tutor and working at your own pace to complete a course that is predominantly based online. When I got the opportunity to try out a course to see just how the NCC worked, I jumped at the chance.
Bearing in mind that I spent 20 solid months of my study with the Open University studying psychology, I got to a point where I found it interesting but I came to hate it with a passion. It probably will be a huge surprise to see that I’ve picked a course in psychology. I am a glutton for punishment. However, this course is combined with my other love of Criminology and my new course is a Diploma in the Psychology of Criminal Profiling.
I haven’t had chance to start it yet, due to the situation at home but I am chomping at the bit to go to Paperchase and buy all my new stationery ready for my new school year. As my course is a Blog opportunity, the only thing that I will not receive with my online course is tutor support however, this is available to paying customers.
Logging into the website for NCC, it is laid out in such a way that it reminds me of The Open University. Concise, easy to navigate and understand with the course materials ready to be read. Each module is clearly displayed with a section for an exam underneath each one, and upon completion of each module and exam, the course is complete.
Now, of course, being a student again means that I get my NUS Extra card back so you know that I ordered that as soon as I had my log in details. Hey, I’m a student now. I need all the discount! Shame I can’t stay in bed all day instead of going to work!
If you have an urge to further yourself with some adult distance learning, I would say to look into NCC home learning. Not only are the courses a fraction of the price of The Open University, but a little diploma or NVQ that’s completed at your own pace will give you such a feeling of accomplishment.
I am going to try and share as much as I can about my course and each module I do, because I have a feeling that it’s going to be very interesting for any psychology and Criminology lovers out there.
Are you an educational nerd like me? What course would you do if you had the choice?